Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vargas, Known as Jimmy Bauer Sentenced To Six Years In Dominican Prison For Heroin Mule Smuggling Conviction

Jaime Vargas, aka, Jimmy Bauer

Vargas will serve jail term at Najayo prison.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 29, 2012

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - On Wednesday, Jaime Vargas, aka, "Jimmy Bauer," a New York City bachata singer from the state of New York was sentenced to 6 years in prison and was fined 50,000 pesos (U.S. $1,282.16) for a heroin mule smuggling conviction. Vargas will served his term at the Najayo prison, according to court records.
Vargas was charged for drug trafficking and trying to smuggle heroin into the U.S. Vargas had been held in jail since, November 1, 2010 after being arrested for trying to smuggle one kilo of heroin (88 pellets) in his stomach, known as "Mule Smuggling."
He collapsed at the Santo Domingo International Las Americas Airport when detained for suspicous behavior and minutes after a small pellet full of heroin ruptured inside his stomach. The rupture caused an overdose that almost killed Vargas.
Vargas later admitted that he tried to smuggle the heroin, because he was broke, having financial problems and wanted some quick cash to make a bachata music video, according to the criminal complaint. If Vargas would have made the flight to the U.S., most likely he wouldn't have survived the flight, according to authorities.

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